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Mandatory training

All University of Waterloo undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff must complete the mandatory human research ethics training prior to submitting an application for review.

Requirements and milestones for completion of the Course on Research Ethics (CORE), alternatively known as the TCPS2 tutorial, are identified in the University of Waterloo Human Research Ethics Training Policy (PDF).

New to University of Waterloo?

If you are new to the University of Waterloo and have already completed the CORE tutorial with another institution, change your profile information to University of Waterloo. You can do this by logging into the tutorial and going to the Account Details link at the bottom of the page to revise your institution-specific e-mail and affiliation.

Other available training opportunities

University of Waterloo Class or Group In-Person Education Sessions

Representatives from the Office of Research Ethics are available to speak with undergraduate and graduate classes, lab groups, faculty groups or others on the following topics:

  • Ethics Clearance for Research with Human Participants  Researchers will learn when ethics clearance is necessary and the core principles of conducting ethical research with human participants. Participants will learn how to apply for ethics clearance using the UWaterloo system as well as tips and best practices for crafting a strong ethics application which can speed ethics clearance time. This workshop is relevant to researchers who collect any type of data from human participants. Priority for this workshop will be given to groups who are likely to apply for ethics clearance in the next 12 months.
  • Responsible Conduct of Research and Research Integrity  Attendees will learn to identify the types of research behaviours that constitute a breach to the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Framework. Participants will learn what to do if they suspect a breach, and how to avoid the most common allegations of misconduct. The workshop will also address negotiating authorship with integrity. This workshop is relevant to all researchers, regardless of methods or discipline.

Contact Karen Pieters to discuss your training needs and book a session.

CITI Canada

University of Waterloo faculty, staff and students can also access other free online training for University of Waterloo members available through CITI Canada. Topics include:

  • responsible conduct of research,
  • privacy,
  • Good Clinical Practice,
  • biomedical research ethics,
  • Health Canada Division 5 - Drugs For Clinical Trials Involving Humans,
  • transportation of dangerous goods, and
  • ethical issues in social and behavioural science.

The CITI-Canada Good Clinical Practice course now meets TransCelerate’s criteria for ICH GCP training. TransCelerate represents many of the largest biopharmaceutical companies and if you are working with an affiliated company, you can ensure them that your CITI-Canada training has formal approval and recognition from TransCelerate by completing this course.

University Health Network

Good Clinical Practice Tutorial (posted with permission from the University Health Network)

  • There is a test and self-assessment at the end of the tutorial however this is for UHN employees only and cannot be accessed by others.

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